This article is all about office plants. Why are indoor plants good for the office or work place? What benefits do they bring to the premises? We would like to introduce you to this and much more, such as 3 simple steps to uncomplicated office plants that are super suitable for the workplace.
Why are office plants so positive for the working atmosphere?
What are the positive properties of plants that you should definitely have in your office? If you have made the right choice of plants, they can have an air-purifying effect, for example. Since you may be one of those people who spends a large part of the day at work, this can only be beneficial if you have good air to breathe around you.
Effective pollutant filtering reduces symptoms such as listlessness, lack of concentration and tiredness. The oxygen that your office plants provide promotes your well-being and productivity. If a positive atmosphere is created by a little green in the office, work is immediately more fun. Just imagine you have to work all day in a gray room with no plants and stuffy air... That's where we step in and want to decorate your workplace with a plant-based energy!
First step: location analysis - which plant grows where?
Not all houseplants need a lot of light and warmth. Just think of all the plant species that thrive on the floor of a rainforest and are not exposed to any sunlight. Although many indoor plants prefer a sunny location, not all of them do. Many indoor plants can also cope with low light.
Tip: Before you bring a houseplant into the office, take a look at the site conditions at your workplace. It is important that the plant feels comfortable in its place. Proper care, and this also includes the right location, is the be-all and end-all for indoor plants.
You should also think about how much time you can spend watering the office plants beforehand. If you don't have that much time because you always have to rush from appointment to appointment, then it is advisable to bring a easy-care and undemanding houseplant into the office.
Second step: plant selection - five suggestions from us
Now we want to show you five different plants that are perfect for your office. A green atmosphere and a feel-good climate will certainly settle in quickly.
First suggestion: Australian chestnut
The name and the chestnut-like seeds might make you think that the plant belongs to our native chestnut. But this is not the case. The Australian chestnut belongs to the legume family. Since the plant is poisonous to pets, it's great for your office, where animals aren't usually around. With its long stem and strong green leaves, it grows tall and therefore resembles a small tree on your workplace. In the flowering period, it has yellow and later orange to red colored flowers. From these arise the up to 30 centimeters long legumes.
Location and maintenance
In your office you can put the Australian chestnut in a sunny and warm place. However, it also tolerates partial shade. Since the plant is used to drought, it needs relatively little water. Nevertheless, you should not forget to water regularly.A sip of water once a week is good for her. The soil should always be dry before the next watering. Incidentally, in summer you should fertilize the Australian chestnut once a month with liquid fertilizer. Otherwise, she is very undemanding.
Second suggestion: Monstera
In the 19th century, the Monstera came to Europe from Mexico. In its original home, it forms edible fruits that taste like bananas. Its large, heart-shaped, dark green leaves give it its unique character. Each Monstera Deliciosa is individually designed with its leaf pattern. With its noticeable cracks in the leaves, it draws everyone's attention. This is how the plant grows into an ornate monstera.
Location and care
As an office plant, the Monstera gets along very well with a medium-bright location. But it also grows well in the shade, but then the leaves don't take on such a juicy green colour. The soil should always be slightly moist, so it is important that you supply it with lime-free water about twice a week. In summer it is also good if you feed them with liquid fertilizer once a month.
Third suggestion: ufo plant
The UFO plant enchants your office in an extraterrestrial atmosphere. The growth height is not very remarkable at approx. 30-40 centimetres, but its foliage is all the more vivid! The leaves grow on thin leaf stalks and have the shape of a flying object like from another galaxy. The thin stems make the leaves appear to float in space.
Location and care
It is best to place them in a bright to semi-shady location. But always make sure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight, this leads to burns on the leaves. Always keep nice and moist, that's the rule you should follow when watering. Make sure that the root ball of the plant never completely dries out. Nevertheless, the water should never stand at the bottom of the pot, otherwise the roots of the plant will start to rot and your just bought UFO plant will die. Just like the Australian chestnut and the monstera, you should fertilize the Ufo plant once a month in the summer.
Fourth suggestion: Aloe Vera
With its thick, fleshy and pointed leaves, the Aloe Vera is considered a medicinal plant, since the gel-like inner leaf has healing effects on a wide variety of diseases. So why not get a special medicinal plant as an office plant. The leaves can be about 50 centimeters long and even reach a width of about seven centimeters in well-growing plants. Their color can vary from dark green to grey-green with reddish hues.
Location and care
As with all other indoor plants, you should also apply the right care to aloe vera so that it can enjoy healthy growth. Because of its origin, aloe vera likes very warm locations with lots of sunlight. As an office plant, you should place it in a bright and sunny south-facing window if possible. You can be very economical when watering. It is enough if you supply yourself with water every one to two weeks. You only need to fertilize them once a month in summer.
Fifth suggestion: yucca palm
Although we call it a palm tree, the yucca palm is one of the asparagus plants. Nevertheless, it looks like a palm tree that can decorate your office room with its attractive long green leaves. Their sword-like leaves on the long trunk bring an exotic atmosphere to your workplace.That can only have a positive effect on the working atmosphere!
Location and care
Fortunately, the yucca palm does not need any extensive care. It prefers a bright and sunny location. If necessary, you can also put it in the penumbra, since it is not so sensitive. Since the plant does not tolerate waterlogging, you should always wait until the top layer of soil has dried. In the growth phase (April to August) it needs fertilizing with green plant fertilizer about every two weeks.
Third step: life-sustaining measures - this is how the office grows green!
Each plant has its unique character. It is therefore important to take care of each of your favorites individually. Proper care for office plants is a prerequisite for healthy growth. After all, your plant should appear splendid. It is all the more important to support them.
Fertilize office plants
Each of your plants needs nutrients for their growth. Plants need nutrients for their growth. Fertilizing your indoor plants means supplying your plants with energy. As a result, they grow better and become more resilient. In the article "Why you should fertilize your indoor plants" you will learn more about how important fertilizing is - also for your office plants.
Repot office plants
In order not to stunt the growth of your beloved greens, you should repot them from time to time. Because timely repotting in fresh soil is the basis for strong growth and also provides a good supply of nutrients for the development of the plant.
Pest infestation on office plants
Plant pests can develop not only on useful plants, but also on indoor and office plants. The vital appearance of your plants can quickly be lost once the pests have taken hold of them. Small leaves, deformation or discoloration of the leaves can often be an indication of plant pests. To prevent this from happening, we have listed the five most common plant pests, show you how you can recognize them and, more importantly, how you can fight or prevent them. After all, you want healthy plants at your workplace.
Create your own office jungle!
Now you've got a small impression of why it's also important not only to keep plants in your home, but also to decorate your office with them. You can do this in your own individual way. But always plan how much time you can devote to grooming. Even plants that are easy to care for, such as those in our five suggestions, can positively change the atmosphere in your workplace and provide enriching energy!
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